Take a guess what was Volkswagen's best-selling car of 2019.
No, it's not the Golf. You might be surprised that it's the Tiguan that topped their sales charts last year. In fact, they have sold six million Tiguans since 2007, which is quite a feat given that it's one of the youngest nameplates from Volkswagen. Then again, it might not be much of a shock for some since crossovers are everywhere, largely supplanting the D-segment passenger cars as the logical upgrade from compact vehicles.
To celebrate that milestone, the German automaker has even released a little sneak peek at the updated second-generation model. That one is due to be released later this year as a 2021 model.
So what have they done to one of the most popular crossovers in Europe? A pretty major facelift by the looks of things. Volkswagen has sketched out what they have planned for the Tiguan, literally.
The front gets a more sweeping look, shedding most of the boxy design of the present (for US and Europe) model. Its grill then adapts the hexagonal look seen in most new VW models, namely the Touareg, Jetta, and Polo. Headlights were given a tweak too with 'eyebrow' extensions reaching the fenders. They even went as far as totally redesigning the bumper with more dynamic-looking air intakes and corners.
Since it's a facelift (albeit a major one), we're expecting most of the current range of engines to be carried over. That's However, it's possible that the new turbocharged 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine will be fitted to the crossover. Volkswagen did mention that they will be introducing a plug-in hybrid model to the range once the new-look Tiguan is launched.
As for the local market, we have the extended-wheelbase Tiguan L of the first generation. The second-generation Tiguan was briefly sold here before Volkswagen Philippines shifted to Chinese-built and sourced models. Here's to hoping we get the new Tiguan soon, and there is a chance for it to be sold here as long as SAIC Volkswagen will be the ones to assemble them.